What's happening in the Chingford drumming world

Great Grade 5 Results

posted 24 Jul 2015, 01:46 by Adrian Ralph Samuels   [ updated 25 Jul 2015, 10:14 ]


Huge congratulations to Tyler who just achieved a distinction in his Trinity grade 5 Drum Kit exam.
The grades really do get a lot harder as you progress through them so he should feel rightly proud.

Drumming in the Indian Himalaya

posted 23 Aug 2014, 14:30 by Adrian Ralph Samuels   [ updated 25 Jul 2015, 11:16 ]

In July and August 2014, I spent 3 weeks in North East India, some 100 KM from Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills. 

One day I could hear beating drums from far away, so I headed out the house and just walked towards the sound, some half a kilometre away. The drumming was the Little Angels Academy practicing their marching and drumming along the road. This was preparation for the upcoming Indian Independence day (15th August), where every school presents a march past. So not much studying goes on this time of year!

I introduced myself and soon after started teaching there from about 2 weeks. Little Angels Academy is both a school and an orphanage, and has children from a wide area. Mind you 9 in the morning is not my usual idea of a good time for drumming, but I had to avoid the main lesson times.

Drummers left to right are:
Umesh Munda, Dipchand Thapa, Akash Lohar, Sarad Munda, Rewaj Rai and Sanjay Bhujal.

Here is a good view of the Himalaya looking East. Since it is so mountainous, flat, level ground is rare so this was the only spot we could practice. 

                                                        Here is Akash Lohar who is 12 years old and he is a talented drummer and footballer.

The academy a drum kit on loan and so I taught a little on this too. 
Sarad Munda who is also a good drummer, is offering guidance to Akash Lohar.

Rishie triumphs at The Guildhall

posted 18 Apr 2014, 09:13 by Adrian Ralph Samuels   [ updated 24 Aug 2014, 09:23 ]

My youngest pupil who is now 7 but was still 6 when he started having lessons with me, has just scored 80% in the Trinity grade 1 exam - a strong Merit pass. Rishie worked very hard in the final few weeks before and this made such a difference. Congratulations Rishie!

I'm drumming for Christmas

posted 5 Jan 2014, 09:10 by Adrian Ralph Samuels

To be honest at first I thought it was a wind-up, when I got the phone call asking for drum lessons as a surprise Christmas present. 

Recently I have had a daughter arranging lessons for her father - sweet, and a woman arranging lessons for her partner. 

So if you are seeking inspiration for that gift with a difference, for a birthday, anniversary or anything, please consider some drum lessons :-)

Friday the 13th

posted 5 Jan 2014, 08:12 by Adrian Ralph Samuels   [ updated 5 Jan 2014, 08:24 ]

Well Friday the 13th is supposed to be unlucky, but this was definitely not the case on Friday the 13th of December 2013.

I very much enjoyed drumming with the band and choir of the Woodford Liberal Synagogue. This was for a special Friday night (Shabbat) service, called Woodford Resouled - get it - music for the soul ?!

The musicians were tutored by Dean Staker, the singer, guitarist, composer (top left above), who is Musician in Residence at Finchley Progressive Synagogue. 

More great results

posted 18 Jul 2013, 04:48 by Adrian Ralph Samuels

Congratulations to Sunil for achieving a Merit pass in his grade 2 drum exam in July 2013. 
Extra special as this was his first music exam.

Grade 3 passes

posted 7 Jun 2013, 09:32 by Adrian Ralph Samuels

Congratulations to Tyler for passing his grade 3 drumming exam in April 2013. 

Tyler Triumphs at Trinity

posted 12 Feb 2012, 06:41 by Adrian Ralph Samuels   [ updated 7 Jun 2013, 09:33 ]

Tyler was my first entrant into the Trinity Guildhall drum kit grade 1 exam in December 2011. He  achieved a high merit pass that was almost a distinction. Very pleased. 

Drumming Assembly on Friday 11th February

posted 3 Feb 2011, 06:21 by Raphael Samuels

I am pleased to say that the Drumming Assembly has been rescheduled for Friday, 11th February. All the drum students will be playing and it will run at 9.15 for the juniors and 9.50 for the infants. Here's looking forward to it!

Drumming Assembly Postponed

posted 20 Nov 2010, 11:15 by Raphael Samuels

The school has asked us to postpone the Drumming Assembly I am afraid. 

I will post the new date here as soon as it is confirmed. 

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